Parker leads balanced Spurs past Rockets 114-92
Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio
Spurs never trailed in a 114-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on
The Spurs had six players score in double figures while matching
their season high with 33 assists.
Tiago Splitter scored 15 points and Gary Neal, Manu Ginobili,
Patty Mills and Tim Duncan each added 12. Duncan also had a
game-high 12 rebounds.
James Harden had 29 points, and Patrick Patterson and Toney
Douglas each scored 10 to lead Houston.
It was Harden’s first game in San Antonio since helping the
Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Spurs last season in the Western
Conference finals. The fans certainly remembered Harden, who was
booed heartily during pregame introductions and every time he shot
a free throw.
It was clear early that Harden wouldn’t help the Rockets to a
similar result against the Spurs.
Parker keyed a quick start, scoring eight points and picking up
two assists as San Antonio took a 10-point lead in the first 5
Jeremy Lin had difficulty keeping up with Parker, who raced by
him for three layups in scoring eight of the Spurs’ first 10
points. Parker also made a pair of free throws during the run after
being fouled by Lin on a layup attempt.
Lin finished with four points, four assists and two
Harden kept the Rockets in contention early, scoring 13 points
in the first quarter after being shut out in the opening 4 minutes.
His 3-pointer pulled Houston to 14-13, but the Rockets never tied
Harden fueled another rally in the second half, scoring nine
points to help Houston pull to 66-58 with 7:27 left in the third
quarter. The Spurs responded with a 15-0 run, holding the Rockets
scoreless for 4 minutes to essentially seal the game.
San Antonio outrebounded Houston 50-37 and outscored the Rockets
60-38 in the paint.
NOTES: Neal set a career high with his eighth start of the
season. . Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson (broken right pinkie) and
F Kawhi Leonard (left knee) both sat out with injuries. . Duncan
had the 742nd double-double of his career. . Houston has lost 10
straight road games against Southwest Division opponents since a
91-89 victory at New Orleans on Feb. 27, 2011. … Houston’s
Chandler Parsons went 0 for 4 from 3-point range, snapping his
streak of making at least one 3 at 23 games in a row.